“The Impulse” by Robert Frost

(Video of “The Impulse” being read)

The poem I chose for this assignment was “The Impulse” by Robert Frost. This poem is filled with beautiful imagery that conceals the pain and loneliness that exists in the character’s relationship. After reading this poem, I watched a video on Youtube of someone analyzing it(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3nKHLWOGyo). According to MadHermit7, the poem focuses on the wife of a woodsman. As the poem begins, the wife finds a opportunity to have a carefree day to enjoy herself, but in the end, she ends up wondering too far and that results in her death. He states that in the poem, he sees one main lesson: happy and tragic moments in life can be spontaneous. He thinks Frost is saying live life to the fullest, because you’ll never know what’ll happen next.

Another view I got from this poem came from someone that commented on MadHermit7’s Youtube video. Hylohunter thinks differently. He thinks that the last line in the poem didn’t refer to the wife’s actual death, but referred to the idea that the woodsman and his wife are were separated. Thus, “Til death do us part” is no longer possible. He thinks the relationship between the man and woman will have to learn of finalities other than the grave.

The first time I read this poem, I really didn’t understand it, but after reading it about five times, I started to realize what was going on. I think the poem is about a woman who is always lonely because her husband (the woodsman) is always out working and never has time for her. One day while her husband was out working, she left. The husband looked and called for her, but she never returned. I think Robert Frost was was telling people don’t take things for granted. It’ll be here one day and gone the next.


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